The six days a year door

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Project by muleskinner posted 08-21-2012 03:02 AM 2698 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We had some summer weather here a couple of weeks ago and it was finally warm enough to leave the doors open at night. This is an occurrence that happens about six days per year in this neck of the woods. I got the old screen door out of the garage rafters and realized it was getting pretty ratty looking. I decided to make this using some reclaimed doug fir and bargain walnut I had laying around. I even had the screen stuffed in a cubbyhole from projects long past. I needed to go to Home Depot for the hinges and welting but neglected to get door handles so I made one for the outside and figured you don’t need a handle to push a door open.

My ulterior motive for posting this is to show my friend Oldnovice my lack of mitering skills (photo 4). The rest of the photos are cropped because I ain’t cleaning off the back porch just for you guys!

-- Visualize whirled peas

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#1 posted 08-21-2012 03:30 AM

Beautiful door! And, your mitering skills are better than mine :( I’ve just managed to pick up a digital meter so I can set my table saw to exactly 45% because the method of laying a square on it just hasn’t been working.

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#2 posted 08-21-2012 08:36 AM

My first attempt at a screen door came out o.k. but I notice the kids push on the screen instead of the frame to open the door. I like your half moon door push. I might give that a try on the next one. And homemade door handles “of course”.................

-- mike...............

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#3 posted 08-21-2012 05:13 PM

That’s a great looking door. Very nicely done!

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#4 posted 08-21-2012 05:54 PM

There is nothing wrong with those miters!

I have found out the hard way that the bigger and/or longer the pieces, the harder it is to get perfect miters!

Did you use the chop saw or the miter box saw? Either way, these are good miters!

By the way, did you put these photos into Google Drive? I have been doing that just as a archive of my woodworking photos and, as an added benefit, I get access where ever I have an internet connection!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#5 posted 08-21-2012 06:29 PM

those miters are better than mine by a long shot!


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#6 posted 08-21-2012 06:51 PM

Those miters were done with one of those cheap yellow plastic miter boxes and a little Japanese pull saw. (I love that little saw) The chop saw didn’t arrive till after this was done or I would have used it. Joe, you should see the ones I didn’t use.

I only put up the one I gave you the link to but have been too unorganized to get organized. I did realize that all I have to do is put things in the Drive folder and they will be synced to Google. That’s handy. All I have to do is figure out which incriminating photos I want to share.

-- Visualize whirled peas

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#7 posted 08-21-2012 06:56 PM

Glad you like Google Drive!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#8 posted 08-21-2012 09:26 PM

It’s a really great door! The cropping is very artistic—you didn’t need to mention the clean up business at all.

I agree with redryder, the half moon push will save having to redo it a lot sooner. Genius!


-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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#9 posted 08-22-2012 01:36 AM

Great screen door! I love the half moon push and that doug fir and walnut look great together. Are those plugs or did you dowel it together? Looks classy regardless. I made a screen door for my shop but I’m certainly not going to post it now (after seeing yours). The warp along one side leaves a gap you could throw a cat through!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#10 posted 08-22-2012 02:20 AM

gf – The four corners of the door are half lapped and then doweled. The rest of them are plugs. And to tell the truth, the intermediate cross members are pocket screwed on the edges. The plugs are merely decorative because I was having fun playing with my new plug cutters. It was kind of therapeutic. :)

-- Visualize whirled peas

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#11 posted 08-23-2012 03:10 AM

Your screen door looks very artistic! Much better than the average store-bought variety.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#12 posted 08-23-2012 05:44 PM

Real nice job on the door. Thanks for the north woods logic .”you dont need a handle to push a door open.” made me smile out loud

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